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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 29 april 2016 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
Karine Deshayes is one of the greatest Rossini singers on the international opera stage. In this first solo album, featuring excerpts from some of his most beautiful works, she traces the different stages in Rossini's life. She is accompanied by Raphaël Merlin (cellist of the Ébène Quartet) at the head of Les Forces Majeures, a collective bringing together musicians from prestigious chamber ensembles and top-flight orchestras. Discover this truly rare and intimate interpretation of Rossini - musically rich and at times meditative, loving, desperate, calm...
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Opera - Verschenen op 1 maart 2011 | Naxos

Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 13 oktober 2009 | naïve

Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Opera - Verschenen op 10 februari 1992 | harmonia mundi

Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 2 augustus 2011 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Qobuzism - Hi-Res Audio
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 30 maart 2010 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Cypres

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
Nineteen musicians in the pit, three on stage; resolutely tonal music in a straight line of succession running from Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Martinů, Weill; French lyrics more declaimed than sung - by, happily, Francophone singer-actors led by Stéphane Degout, Vincent Le Texier, Yann Beuron and Chloé Briot: this is the framework that Philippe Boesmans chose for his latest opera Pinocchio, recorded live at La Monnaie in Brussels. The script is the work of Joël Pommerat, and it aims for an hour and fifteen of the quasi-melodrama based on the style which was in vogue in the 19th century in which to showcase the baffling musical richness of Collodi's work: and with immense success, it must be said. Pommerat is not necessarily looking to write a purely lyrical Pinocchio, but rather to develop an opera within an opera, using Brecht's favoured method of defamiliarisation, a sort of play-within-a-play, where "real" events alternate with narrative description of what's happening or about to happen. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, a major work for the contemporary scene, a worthy 21st-century successor to the Magic Flute and its fantasy world, immersive, and full of illusions, prisms and invitations to new readings: in short, a masterpiece. And it can hardly come as a surprise that the subject hasn't drawn the attention of more composers since it first appeared in 1881, as only cinema and television have really taken it seriously (and Disneyesque animations, heaping on the sugar), with the exception of Jonathan Dove's unique 2007 work, The Adventures of Pinocchio © SM/Qobuz
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 1 december 2017 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica
Everyone thinks that they know Alceste by Lully, and yet this 1674 masterpiece has almost never been recorded in its entirety. Apart from the Malgoire version from 1975 with Bruce Brewer and Felicity Palmer, which is starting to become outdated, the real treat is a second versoin by the same Malgoire twenty years later with Jean-Philippe Lafont and Colette Alliot-Lugaz... And so we can only take our hats off to the new discographical opus from Christophe Rousset's Talens Lyriques, a lively and elegant reading which allows us to rediscover everything that was so innovative about this brilliant, effervescent Florentine, who would become a typical Versaillais, a courtesan and a wheeler-dealer. King Louis XIV - 36 years old, still with all his own teeth and a victorious war leader - could only feel flattered by the piece signed by Quinault: Alcide, who covets the beautiful Alceste (who has been promised to Admetus), is none other than Hercules himself - Louis XIV seeing himself in Hercules saving the beautiful Madame de Montespan from the clutches of her husband. To be sure, in this opera, Admetus/Hercules magnanimously hands Alceste, whom he has saved from hell, to her husband, while the poor Mr Montespan would end his career and his life exiled in Gascony... Honour intact. The Sun King loved the work, to the point that he commanded that rehearsals be held at Versailles. According to Madame de Sévigné, "The King declared that if he found himself in Paris when it was performed, he would go to see it every night." That being said, if Alceste suited the tastes of the court, it didn't do so well in Paris, where Lully's enemies, jealous of the extravagant privileges that he had won (the exclusive right to "have sung any whole piece in France, wither in French verse or in other languages, without the written permission of said Sir Lully, on pain of a ten thousand livre fine, and confiscation of theatres, equipment, decorations, costumes..."), heaped plot upon plot, while the gallant Mercury sang his little couplet: Dieu !  Le bel opéra ! Rien de plus pitoyable ! Cerbère y vient japper d'un aboi lamentable !  Oh ! Quelle musique de chien ! Oh ! Quelle musique du diable ! [Lord!/Fine opera!/There's nothing so pitiable!/Cerberus is yapping, his howls lamentable!/What doggish music!/What devilish music!]. Posterity would decide otherwise, and Rousset proved it triumphantly. © SM/Qobuz
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 23 februari 2018 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Diamant d'Opéra - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
With his ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon has written the listing for this album in the form of a "pastiche" of a Mass for the Dead, a Requiem both sacred and profane. While it is a long way from having all the defining traits, it does possess all the outlines: Introit, Kyrie, Gradual, Sequence, Offertory, In Paradisum... The idea came about after a recent discovery, in the Bibliothèque Nationale of an anonymous requiem mass from the 18th century, in which the writer constructed a "parody" based on musical extracts from Castor and Pollux and the Fêtes de Paphos by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Note that the term "parody" doesn't necessarily imply satire or mockery: it refers to the practice of taking up older music and setting new words to it. This fusion of sacred music (the mass) and profane music (lyrical tragedy), a common practice during the Enlightenment, was a procedure that Pichon wanted to take up. In French society at the time, when Catholicism was the norm, where the political system was monarchical rule by divine right, the representation of ancient pagan Hell on theatrical stages seemed to betray a fascination in the beliefs of the ancients. And so this programme melds together pagan fable with a Christian imaginary, where Hell takes on different faces. It is the place of unjust and eternal torment, a place of privation where a couple is separated, one half kept in Hades. But, in the lyrical tragedy, Hell is also a place of perdition: obscure forces unleashed in Sabbath rites, a Satanic vision which unearths the darkest depths of the human soul... Stéphane Degout is the author of this tragedy, bringing together such varied characters as Phaedra, Pluto, and the Parcae. The composers whose music is put to use are Rameau and Gluck, with a single borrowing from Rebel: it would have been a shame not to mention his singular Chaos (taken from Éléments), which starts with a dissonant chord containing the seven notes of the scale of D minor. © SM/Qobuz
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 3 september 2015 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 17 februari 2017 | Orfeo

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Opera - Verschenen op 24 februari 2015 | Cypres

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 6 mei 2014 | BIS

Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 25 januari 2011 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Diapason découverte - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 4 oktober 2011 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Opera - Verschenen op 22 september 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Diamant d'Opéra - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Opera - Verschenen op 22 september 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Diamant d'Opéra - Choc de Classica
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 14 mei 2012 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Operafragmenten - Verschenen op 16 mei 2014 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 10 februari 2017 | Ediciones Singulares

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année

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